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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 Mar;49(3):241-243.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.11.006. Epub 2017 Jan 7.

Cost of Children's Healthy vs Unhealthy Snacks Does Not Differ at Convenience Stores.

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1
School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ. Electronic address: Robin.Deweese@asu.edu.
2
School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study compared the prices of unhealthy (chips) and healthy (ready-to-eat fruit) snacks that students are likely to purchase from corner stores.

METHODS:

Snacks were purchased from 325 New Jersey corner stores; chip prices were compared with fruit prices overall and by store sales volume and block group characteristics.

RESULTS:

Prices did not differ significantly between chips and fruit in the overall sample in which both items were available (n = 104) (chips: $0.46 ± $0.15; fruit: $0.49 ± $0.19; P = .48) or by store or block group characteristics. Neither mean fruit prices nor mean chip prices differed by store sales volume or by neighborhood characteristics.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Promoting ready-to-eat fruits in corner stores to children as a price-neutral alternative to calorically dense snacks can be a viable strategy to improve the nutritional quality of snacks commonly purchased at corner stores.

KEYWORDS:

child; convenience stores; food costs; snacks

PMID:
28073622
PMCID:
PMC5346473
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2016.11.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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